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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Countering the Hate: 'People Are Getting Involved in Tremendous Ways'

Countering the Hate: 'People Are Getting Involved in Tremendous Ways'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2015

Around 800,000 refugees are expected to arrive in Germany this year, with the number of Syrians growing rapidly. Manfred Schmidt, Germany's top migration official, discusses how the country is coping with the massive influx. By Roland Nelles and Anna Reimann more... Comment ]

Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2015

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay. By Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2015

A dangerous bottleneck has formed in the Macedonian border town of Gevgelija, an important hub for refugees traveling to Western Europe. Those trying to reach the trains here face extreme heat, dangerous crowds and police bullying. By Raniah Salloum in Gevgelija, Macedonia more... Comment ]

Mediterranean Desperation: Saving Lives at the World's Most Dangerous Border

Mediterranean Desperation: Saving Lives at the World's Most Dangerous Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders is the only major humanitarian organization actively rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean. So far, it has saved more than 10,000 people. But in the world's biggest crisis region, timing is everything. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christian Werner (Photography) more... Comment ]

London Mayor Boris Johnson: 'We Can't Leave Europe, We're Part of the Continent'

London Mayor Boris Johnson: 'We Can't Leave Europe, We're Part of the Continent'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2015

In a wide-ranging interview with SPIEGEL, London Mayor Boris Johnson discusses his recent Churchill biography, his views on Britain's planned referendum on EU membership and why he believes Greece will ultimately exit the euro zone. Interview Conducted by Thomas Hüetlin and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Unsettling Encounters: Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

Unsettling Encounters: Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2015

Two worlds are colliding on the beaches of the Mediterranean this summer: Vacationers looking for relaxation and migrants seeking relief from poverty or warfare. The result is a moral conundrum for Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2015

After the Greek bailout disaster, Paris, Berlin and Brussels want to reform the euro zone by creating an economic government and a special tax for the currency area. German Finance Minister Schäuble is in favor, but Chancellor Merkel is skeptical. By Michael Sauga, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Victory in Defeat? Alexis Tsipras Has Shown Greeks He Can Save Them

Victory in Defeat? Alexis Tsipras Has Shown Greeks He Can Save Them

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2015

He'll have to implement tougher savings measures than any of his predecessors, despite his fight to end them. But Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras could still come out of the euro crisis as the victor, leading his country for years to come. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Athens more... Comment ]

A Government Divided: Schäuble's Push for Grexit Puts Merkel on Defensive

A Government Divided: Schäuble's Push for Grexit Puts Merkel on Defensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2015

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had a plan to push Greece out of the euro zone. Chancellor Merkel wasn't sure what to do about it. The result is widespread resentment of Germany and a damaged Franco-German relationship. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Fate of Greece: Decision Time for Tsipras and Merkel

The Fate of Greece: Decision Time for Tsipras and Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has gambled away all support in Brussels. Now, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have to make a momentous decision. Meanwhile, Greece's creditors are divided about how to proceed. more... Comment ]

Opinion: Why a Grexit Must Be Avoided

Opinion: Why a Grexit Must Be Avoided

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2015

Europe is preparing for a Grexit and German voters would like to see the country leave the common currency regime. That, though, would be the wrong move. A Grexit must be avoided at all costs. A Commentary by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias: 'The Principle of Hope Is Very Powerful'

Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias: 'The Principle of Hope Is Very Powerful'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias discusses the recent referendum and explains why he believes the power of hope might help revive Greece's fortunes. Interview Conducted by Manfred Ertel more... Comment ]